Ikat Jersey Faux-Wrap dress

Hello! And surprise! I have been missing for a few months because pregnancy fatigue really got to me. Being pregnant at 36 and caring for 3 other kiddos at the same time is tiring. Thank goodness we are having a pretty mild summer so far with lots of rain. It won’t last, I’m sure, but I’m enjoying the cooler temps while I can. I haven’t been doing a whole heck of a lot of sewing – just haven’t had any mojo to work with. In the evenings all I want to do is vegetate in front of the television or go to bed. I’m way better at squeezing in some time in front of my sewing machine in the afternoons. Also, making maternity clothes has never been a favorite thing for me, mostly because the pattern choices are so limited. This time around, though, I’ve actually found a few cute patterns that I like and want to make up.

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I picked out this fun jersey border print from Mood Fabrics without anything specific in mind. It has a different border on each selvage and my plan was to utilize both into one dress. The larger border is the abstract squares I used for the sleeves and belt, and the small border is a black and white concentration of the main fabric that I planned to have showing at the hemline. Unfortunately this dress turned out to be matronly long, so I had to chop off the smaller border to get a length I was happy with.

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The pattern I used is #132 from Burda Magazine’s June 2010 issue. I cut my usual size 38 and the fit is just right, if a little tight in the sleeve area. Theirs has a skinny little tie belt, but I have a distaste for those types of belts being used on a garment with a horizontal bodice/skirt seam. They never stay where they’re suppose to and always need adjusting. Instead I cut a thicker belt and sewed it in between the front wrapping bodice side and the skirt. It wraps around the back freely from the dress and ties in the front and never needs any fiddling.

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This pattern has lots of room for a growing belly. It actually droops a little in the front right now, and I expect to wear it straight through to my third trimester. You can see at the side seams that I lined up the horizontal pattern starting at the hemline. With the side front gathers attaching to the ungathered back the pattern no longer lines up, but that can’t be helped. The fronts I lined up with the back starting at the underarms. There is a vertical seam down the center back which I did not give much effort to matching up other then at the hemline. I was incredibly surprised when the pattern lined up so perfectly at the neckline and under the belt.

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There’s a 3/4 sleeve top version of this pattern included in the magazine that I may make as well. I’m due the first part of October, though, and it’s usually just beginning to cool off around here at that time.

Oh, and it’s a boy. We were really surprised by that news – had gotten it into our minds that it was sure to be a girl so Rachel could have a sister. Poor thing, now she’ll have three brothers. 😉

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Comments


  • G
    June 26, 2014

    OMG Amanda! Have I missed a post or two on your blog or what? Because upon seeing that first pic, I thought “hmm, that dress makes her look pregnant”. And then I saw the side view. Congratulations!!! And respect! So excited I couldn’t wait for this post to popo on your blog to post 🙂

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks G! I made two other maternity garments before this one, but they were both wadders and didn’t get posted.

  • oonaballoona
    June 26, 2014

    well now HELLO amanda!! like G, i was sure i’d missed something too :)!

    congratulations, and you look wonderful. it seems the infamous “pregnant brain” has the reverse effect on you, print placement queen. i love where the hemline hits and how the print ends– i don’t think you lost anything with the border print. it makes the tie and sleeves stand out beautifully.

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Haha, thank you Oona. I guess it does look more like pattern mixing then border print placement. That extra edge might have been too much visually anyway. That matching back was a total fluke!

  • Lauren
    June 26, 2014

    Wait, you’re expecting?? Woohoo, congratulations, Amanda! I was just thinking how I haven’t seen you around in a while 🙂 glad to know things are well, and yay for new baby boys! Love the new dress- I know what you mean about not wanting to sew maternity wear (well, not personally, but I’ve see the pattern selection and I agree that it’s limited. Plus, it doesn’t have a long closet life!), but this one turned out lovely. You look great!

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks Lauren! It’s hard for me to want to use the high quality fabrics for maternity wear, knowing I won’t be able to treasure them for long. However, the choices of maternity clothing this time around is just abysmal! Lots of black and stripes or super boring shapes. I’m being forced to make the stuff just to have a little color in my closet!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 26, 2014

    Baby #4 is traveling in style, Amanda! There is nothing matronly about this maternity dress – so worth losing the border!
    Congratulations on your pregnancy and I hope to see more of your great sewing now that you’re feeling better 🙂

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks Sarah! I feel like the desire to sew is slowly ramping up again, thank goodness.

  • Sallie
    June 26, 2014

    Yay!! Congratulations!! Such exciting news for your family! And you look just lovely in this dress! It definitely looks like the kind of make that will be able to take you all the way through your pregnancy with ease, which from what I understand, is about the best thing you can ask for from maternity wear! I love the pattern placement on this – even if the hem didn’t quite work out how you imagined – the break-up of the sleeves and belt is really clever.

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks so much Sallie! We are really excited about this new little fellow, and Rachel LOVES babies, so she is sure to be a big help.

  • Peter
    June 26, 2014

    First, congratulations — what great news! Second, the dress is lovely and the print is great: I MUST pick up a border print one of these days!

  • Kimberly
    June 26, 2014

    Well then….and don’t you look wonderful in your beautiful dress.

  • Manju
    June 26, 2014

    Congratulations amanda! You look blooming beautiful in this gorgeous dress. Well done on overcoming pregnancy fatigue to get it done!

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thank you Manju! I definitely have to push my way through currently, but sewing in the afternoons is really helping.

  • Ginger
    June 26, 2014

    Wow! Congratulations! How exciting! You look amazing, and this dress is fantastic!

  • carolyn roemer
    June 26, 2014

    Love the idea of the sewn in cloth belt. Loose ones are always a pain! The print looks very fetching on you. And encourages me to try more colorful ikats.

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks Carolyn! I don’t mind a loose belt if it doesn’t have to stay in one particular spot. And I do love ikats, but this is the first one I’ve actually sewn with.

  • Luisa S
    June 26, 2014

    Congratulations! So glad you’re back sewing and writing! The dress looks great, so professionally done, and the colors are perfect on you.

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thank you Luisa! I’m going to try my best to keep up with it and not fall so far behind again!

  • Sew Well
    June 26, 2014

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! You guys must be so excited! And, what a beautiful maternity dress. I searched high and low for decent maternity patterns, but then I just didn’t have the motivation to crank through many maternity garments. Seeing how cute you look in your new dress – I now wish I’d taken the time to make more!

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks Amy! In all honesty, I’ve purchased the majority of my maternity wardrobe off Ebay. It’s hard to muster up the energy to make the clothing, especially since it has such a short life span in the wardrobe. You will definitely not see me making any silk dresses or fitted pants! (Not that I ever make pants anyway.)

  • Cennetta
    June 26, 2014

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news. You are a beautiful mommy to be. Love you dress.

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Aww, thanks so much Cennetta!

  • Carolyn
    June 26, 2014

    Hey way to keep a secret! Congratulations! Your dress is beautiful and I’m glad it will see you through to the end!

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Haha, thank you Carolyn! I’ve never been the girl to announce new pregnancies from the rooftop.

  • Karen
    June 26, 2014

    Congratulations Amanda! I’ve been missing your blogging posts but now I completely understand. This dress is so darn cute. I, too, live in Texas (Houston) and pray it stays a bit cooler.

    • Amanda S.
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks Karen! Keep up those prayers! We deserve a mild summer every so often!

  • Erica B.
    June 26, 2014

    Congrats Amanda! Your dress is adorable and you’re wearing pregnancy well!

  • Melanie
    June 26, 2014

    Well, I am a total fan of your sewing! I am so glad that you didn’t quit, because I love your techniques and etc.. Congratualations on your pregnancy and I hope you get your sewing mojo back. Very cute dress and there are some patterns out there now that you might like! Look forward to seeing your next projects…and congrats again!

  • Diana
    June 26, 2014

    I did miss your posts Amanda. Glad to see you back and aw…..you look so sweet pregnant! Lovely mat dress. Don’t blame you for not wanting to spend a lot of time on”temporary ” clothes.
    Congratulations ,BTW.

  • Fiona
    June 28, 2014

    Congratulations Amanda! Fantastic choice and use of print for a maternity dress! I’m sure it will get a lot of wear! I really love how you’ve used the monochrome print for the sleeves and belt, it’s a great way of breaking it up and highlighting the different parts of the pattern

  • Lori
    June 30, 2014

    Super exciting news. Just think how the three brothers will be so protective of their only sister. You look amazing and I love the maternity dress, perfect fabric choice.

  • Rose Britton
    June 30, 2014

    Beautifully sewn — and so good to hear that you’re well! Every pregnant lady needs some excellent quality clothes and this is perfect!

    • Amanda S.
      June 30, 2014

      Thanks so much Rose!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 2, 2014

    What amazing pattern matching! Congratulations and I hope the rest of your pregnancy isn’t so exhausting – because with results like this you should sew more often. A gorgeous make!

    • Amanda S.
      July 6, 2014

      Thanks Lizzy! I’m definitely feeling better and have gotten some sewing mojo back, so you’ll see more from me soon. 🙂

  • Beth Conkwright
    July 3, 2014

    Cute.